What happens when a superhero (actor) isn’t so super after all? The CW fired Hartley Sawyer from The Flash for some obnoxious racist and misogynistic tweets.
In the wake of the surge with Black Lives Matter, companies have been putting their actions behind their well-meaning words. And finally bad behaviors aren’t getting a pass and dealing with actual consequences.
“Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for season seven of The Flash,” reads a statement from The CW, producers Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions and executive producer Eric Wallace. “In regards to Mr. Sawyer’s posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. Such remarks are antithetical to our values and policies, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our work force.”
Here’s a sampling of some of his greatest tweets:
— steph (@themirrorin6x17) May 30, 2020
Ironically, Sawyer’s social media statements were true to how Ralph was originally written in his debut season on The Flash when he was written like a complete douche. Looks like that role wasn’t much of a stretch for Sawyer, huh? Sorry, I had to take it.
Sawyer promptly hit the apology social media tour:
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My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, were hurtful, and unacceptable. I am ashamed I was capable of these really horrible attempts to get attention at that time. I regret them deeply. This was not acceptable behavior. These were words I threw out at the time with no thought or recognition of the harm my words could do, and now have done today. I am incredibly sorry, ashamed and disappointed in myself for my ignorance back then. I want to be very clear: this is not reflective of what I think or who I am now. Years ago, thanks to friends and experiences who helped me to open my eyes, I began my journey into becoming a more responsible adult – in terms of what I say, what I do, and beyond. I've largely kept that journey private, and this is another way that I have let so many down. I still have more work to do. But how I define myself now does not take away the impact of my words, or my responsibility for them. I am very sorry.
As always there’s that tricky growing as a person thing and maybe in six years Sawyer has become a better person, but it’s probably not a good idea to tweet this kind of stuff and hope it will fade away.
Wallace made another statement on Twitter:
My statement regarding Hartley Sawyer and THE FLASH. pic.twitter.com/hni0MxOWZU
— Eric Wallace (@ewrote) June 8, 2020